Transcendence is out two weeks and already it's out of the top ten. That's not what you expect from a Johnny Depp movie, or a pre-summer/late spring tentpole movie. Wally Pfister, the cinematographer often used by Christopher Nolan, will have to keep a story going, or hire new writers. Heck, I'd look at his next screenplay. From the previews, this swung for the fences visually, took us to exotic locations, integrated science and sensibility, and ... fell flat. Time for the big question: why? A friend pointed out that at this point Depp can have fifty flops in his career and he'd still be bankable, or do personal projects such as The Rum Diary, even if no one goes to see it. Or, he can be good, in fact THE performance in a run-of-the-mill movie, last year's The Lone Ranger. He also has four movies in post-production with three more in pre, so he won't be hurt. Pfister, on the other hand, as interviewed in the documentary Side by Side, perhaps needs stronger writers around him and, according to a few reports, go for the gusto when the ending comes up.